The California Senate passed a net neutrality law on Wednesday, known as the "gold standard" of such bills in the nation, as states deal with a controversial repeal of Obama's federal laws designed to ensure an open internet.
The State Senate elected 23 to 12 to pass SB 822, a draft by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, in a further complaint to the Trump government on this issue.
The Majority Republican Federal Communications Commission, led by President Ajit Pai, who was appointed to his post by President Trump, suspended the 2015 Open Internet Rules. Pai said the rules of net neutrality meant an attack on the government and violated broadband investment.
Earlier this month, the US Senate voted to lift the suspension, but efforts still need to go through the house, then President Trump. Some senators said the FCC ignored the will of the people. A recent survey by the University of Maryland found that 86 percent of Americans opposed the lifting of net neutrality rules.
"Today, the California Senate has read the scripture on the wall, chosen the public, and backed Ajit Pai and strong protection against ISP censorship and abuse," said Evan Greer, vice president of the Fight for the Future group, in a statement on Wednesday.
California and other states, such as New York, Washington, Montana, and others, have established or are working to establish their own rules on net neutrality since the FCC's December abolition of anti-discrimination laws by companies, who control the wires of the Internet, picked up.
These companies, such as AT & T and Comcast, have lobbied against the California bill. Along with a few other industry groups, they spent nearly $ 1 million in the first quarter to fight bills like SB 822.
A Comcast spokeswoman said this week that the company would not comment on the California bill, but pointed out earlier statements made by Comcast that Internet content will not be blocked, slowed down or discriminated against.
AT & T has filed no request for comment on Wednesday
During the pre-vote debate, Wiener expressed concern that California would go its own way, addressing the issue that appealed to the opposition should be dealt with at the federal level ,
Sen. Ted Gaines, R-El Dorado, voted No, according to a statement from industrial group USTelecom, which is worried about an "overlapping patchwork" of net neutrality.
"I agree, that should be a federal matter," Wiener said. "The reality is that the federal government has given up its responsibility."
The measure now goes to the Assembly, where the hearings begin in June. The Assembly must vote on the measure by the end of August.
"We have much more work to get this law through the Assembly, but this is a big win in our fight to restore net neutrality in California," Wiener said in a statement after the vote. "I want to thank the huge Grassroots coalition, which is using all means against SB 822 and protecting a free and open Internet."
One of these groups is the Electronic Frontier Foundation. His Legislative Councilor, Ernesto Falcon, called this week Wiener Invoice "the gold standard of state laws" on net neutrality and reflects other sentiments that SB 822 is the most comprehensive of its kind in the nation.
SB 822 prohibits Internet service providers from blocking or throttling Internet traffic. It also targets "zero rating", where ISPs exclude content, websites and services from data caps. Wiener called such practices manipulative and anti-competitive.
Wiener Bill is also backed by former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler – who drafted the federal rules that overturned this FCC – California prosecutor Xavier Becerra, the mayors of California's largest cities and dozens of public interest groups.